by Chris Sparks

                                                          (Experiences)
  Pros

  • Seeing Historic Monuments.
  • Being able to use research from other countries.
  • Being part of new environments.
  • Gaining new relationships.
  • Getting course opportunities that are uncommon in your home country.

Cons

  • Getting homesick or anxiety from the new routine.
  • Getting caught up in language barriers.
  • Accidentally shaming the culture because of your lack of knowledge on such matters.
  • Possible graduation delays due to legal issues.
  • Culture-Shock: You get so used to your new culture that you have a hard time trying to fit in when you go back to your home country.

 

Tips: See an adviser and schedule around what credits you need in specific classes in order to graduate in a timely manner. Check what languages you may encounter in the area.

 

                                                                 (Costs)
       Costs are different from country to country.

Pros

Things have the potential to be cheaper:

  • Food.
  • Housing.
  • Courses.
  • Study Programs.
  • Financial aid.

Cons

  • It would be extremely problematic if you ran out of currency.
  • Long flights are costly.
  • Study programs have the potential to be more expensive in other countries.
    The programs could also be less challenging or qualified than in your home country. There are credits that may not transfer if you were to study in another country.

 

Tips: Check in with your counselor and ask them about transferring as many credits as possible. Set up a financial schedule to make sure that you don’t unexpectedly meet with any monetary concerns. Find scholarships that will help you go abroad.

 

 

                                                        (Communication)
Pros

  • More practice time for your foreign language.
  • Could be beneficial to international relationships between countries.
  • More opportunities to learn about new cultures.

Cons

  • Could be harder to relate to the locals.
  • It would be bad if your country and your country of housing have a dispute—you could get caught in the middle of a massacre or rounding.
  • Accidentally shaming by the locals because of your lack of knowledge.
  • Trying to contact old friends from back home can become a hassle.

 

Tips: Communication is still a key function in your life, so write an email to your friends or use a virtual messaging system like Skype to get into contact. Do some background research for the country you want to study and make note of cultural differences in law and customs.

 

 

                                                          (Independence)
Pros

  • Getting personal experience in managing your finances.
  • More employment proposals while traveling.
  • Being able to travel and sight-see while studying new programs being offered.

Cons

  • Advice from home might not help because your country’s legal issues are different than the country’s you’re in.
  • Your skills could be useless.
    Why go to a place where Medicare opportunities are scarce and pitiable if you want to become a doctor / practitioner?

 

Tips: Realize that you are the only one who will eventually run your life and base your decisions off of what you really want out of life. The last step is to work for it. If you need further help in achieving your goals, try joining a group or go to a class that will teach you more about loans, debts, and how to manage your financials. For more information, you can go to the Transition into Independence Process.